York Dungeon tavern renamed in honour of Dick Turpin

York is famed to have 365 pubs, one for each day of the year. But one of the newest additions to this is The York Dungeon’s historically-themed tavern, where visitors can stop for a drink after finishing their tour. Formerly known as Ye Olde Yorke Inn, the name has now been changed to The Goose and Gallows, and the inspiration is more appropriate than you think.

“We wanted a name that evoked York’s past and present all into one” explains Marketing Executive, Simon Alnaimi. “And at the same time we were discussing making September a month of celebration of Dick Turpin. As part of this, we decided to make a nod towards his famous death in York, hanged on the gallows at the Knavesmire; and the Goose part was because no other animal is as synonymous with York.”

Joining them for the renaming was Professor Jim Sharpe of the University of York, who has spent years researching Dick Turpin, and in 2017 partnered with The Dungeon to question the true whereabouts of the Highwayman’s final resting place.

The renaming is all part of The Dungeon’s Month of Dick, which takes place for the whole of September, for what would be Dick Turpin’s 313th birthday, with the aim to raise awareness of one of history’s most infamous characters, and his connection to York.

As Jim Sharpe summarises: “For most people the most famous felon to have been hanged in York in the eighteenth century; Dick Turpin was arrested in Yorkshire, tried at the York assizes and paraded up Micklegate to be executed at York’s Knavesmire, while his fictional yet epic ride from London to York on Black Bess remains an almost universally known story. Turpin the man and, perhaps more importantly, Turpin the legend, will remain vital elements in York’s rich heritage.”

The Goose & Gallows is now open, for more information head to www.thedungeons.com/York